Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Just because you're practicing an instrument doesn't mean you're learning

Are you learning to play an instrument? "Practice makes perfect," right? There's a catch: Just because you're practicing an instrument, a language, or even CPR resuscitation, it doesn't mean you're learning. What can you do? Use interleaving! Download our interleaving guide and read tips from an orchestra director. Boost learning and mix it up!

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Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you ask yourself, "How can I find time for retrieval practice?" If so, you're asking the wrong question.

Do you sometimes wonder how you'll ever find the time for retrieval practice during your lessons? You're not alone. That being said, you're also asking the wrong question. Read on and learn how to use retrieval practice to save time, not spend it.

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Want to improve students' study strategies? Do this first.

Want to improve students' study strategies? Do this first.

How often do students come to you and exclaim, "But I studied for hours!" How can we help students improve their study habits? Before you give them strategies, there's one thing you have to do first: have a conversation. Here are our three must-ask questions to get started.

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Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

Retrieval Tic Tac Toe: A no stakes, no anxiety game for retrieval practice

Classroom games can encourage retrieval. But they can also raise student anxiety when they're competitive or time limited. Check out this new teaching strategy: Retrieval Tic Tac Toe. Created by college students, adaptable for any classroom or content area. Have fun!

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Download our NEW Spacing Guide with practical strategies and research!

Download our NEW Spacing Guide with practical strategies and research!

It's a brand new year. That means a NEW Spacing Guide to improve students' long-term learning! Written by cognitive scientists, take a moment and download our free Spacing Guide, full of practical spacing strategies – and the research to back it up.

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Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

Flash Forward: What do you want to remember 10 years from now?

What, exactly, do we want students to remember? This is a question we might contemplate, but we rarely take the time to think about it fully. Why not turn this into a classroom activity? Learn all about an activity called Flash Forward. This is a critical question – one that you and your students need to ponder.

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When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

When it comes to these powerful teaching strategies, don't get spooked!

Unleashing desirable difficulties can be scary. Yes, retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback can seem intimidating. Don't get spooked! Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn't let these "desirable difficulties" scare you off. Strategies that challenge learning aren't tricks – they're treats!

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It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

It's our 50th update. Here are our greatest hits!

We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can empower you and make the most with the science of learning. Because we can't transform teaching alone! This is where you come in – to help share this valuable knowledge. Based on your clicks, tweets, and likes, check out our three most popular updates.

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Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

Demystify the science of learning with these key phrases

It's what you say AND how you say it! How can we demystify the science of learning in every lesson, every day? Download our key phrases to adopt in your classroom that make retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback concrete, engaging, and familiar. 

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Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

 Download, adapt, and create Retrieval Grids to boost learning!

Resources are good. Templates are great! Check out Retrieval Grids, a flexible template you can download and create using low-stakes retrieval, spacing, interleaving, and feedback. Retrieval Grids aren't just for any classroom; adapt them for YOUR classroom!

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Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

Download our new Metacognition Sheet and share this week's Research Snapshot!

We know research can be intimidating. This week, we feature our first Research Snapshot, a quick rundown of one powerful strategy and the research to back it up: Metacognition Sheets. We've removed the jargon, replaced it with key takeaways, and added a new download, too. Share our Research Snapshot and empower others to discover the science of learning.

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Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Tech tools are great for retrieval practice... but wait, there's more!

Engaging and authentic classes? Retrieval makes a big difference. This week, we feature tech tools and expertise from Bonni Stachowiak, Host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Even if you're in K-12, you need to check out her interviews, blog, and tech recommendations immediately. Full of insights, practical tips, and humor from an expert teacher.

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Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

Try Metacognition Line Up for retrieval practice and peer feedback

This week, check out a new strategy: Metacognition Line Up. Get students moving, retrieving, and reflecting, regardless of grade level or content area. Metacognition Line Up moves quickly and can be completed in less than five minutes per round!

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Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

Retrieve, space, elaborate, and transfer with Connection Notebooks

How can we help students build connections beyond the classroom? It can be hard. Really hard. Don't despair! This week, we feature Connection Notebooks, a quick evidence-based strategy by teaching expert and collaborator James M. Lang. They're the perfect opportunity to boost students' transfer of knowledge and extend learning from the classroom to the world beyond.

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Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal

Retrieval practice is a powerful strategy for learning, but sometimes it intimidates students. Download our Retrieval Warm Ups and make retrieval no big deal. They're a perfect way to show students that we retrieve all the time, without even thinking about it. To flip retrieval practice from a negative feeling to a positive strategy, sometimes all it takes is a little warming up!

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Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

Engage students in the science of learning with two important questions

This morning, I Skyped with high school students in South Africa. (Wow!) And our conversation renewed my commitment to two things: We must engage students in the conversation around the science of learning and we must build connections with teachers and students around the world. But how? Read on for tips on how to build engagement and connections worldwide.

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Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

 Get ready for a new book by a cognitive scientist AND a K-12 teacher!

Written by Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. and Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., forthcoming book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, Spring 2019) is the culmination of a 15-year collaboration by a scientist and a classroom teacher to understand what's most effective for student learning. Learn more about their book and stay tuned for updates!

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How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

How can we maximize students' learning with feedback?

We know feedback is good for learning. But what's best? In our new guide on students' application and transfer of knowledge, we also feature research-based recommendations on feedback strategies. Why? Because transfer is most successful when retrieval practice is followed by feedback. Read more for our quick no-grading feedback strategies.

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